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Since both camps were signed to Columbia, the Byrds had early access to Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” before the original recording was released to the public. Label heads pushed the band to cover Dylan’s musing to Bruce Langhorne (a Greenwich Village folkie who played a large tambourine). Roger McGuinn’s 12-string Rickenbacker punctuated what may have been the first recorded “folk-rock” tune in April of 1965 (Dylan didn’t go electric until July of that same year). And since the Byrds’ version hit at #1 in both U.S. and U.K. charts, everybody knew they had a good thing going. This compilation illustrates the Byrds’ uncanny knack for the reinterpretation of Dylan songs throughout their lengthy span. Their jangly take on “All I Really Want to Do” opens with David Crosby’s salient lead harmony in the chorus. “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” is an outtake from their second album that should have been a lead track as it turned the ballad into a danceable gem. Their cosmic American version of “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” has become a California campfire staple.

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"I'm Ready To Go Anywhere!"

.."I'm Ready For To Fade"..One of the Best and Brightest interperters of the "Bible According To Bob Dylan" were the Byrds! (They began their "High-Flyin" career with a most "Classic Cover" of Mr. Tambourine Man; which Mr. "Byrd-Man" himself, Roger Mc Guinn still performs to this day!) In between are 20 "Versions" of some of Dylan's Choicest Cuts; some Live, some Studio, some Outtakes; all worth a listen or two! My Faves: Lay Down Your Weary Tune; You Ain't Goin' Nowhere: Chimes Of Freedom(Live) & Postively 4th Street(Live)! Roger McGuinn had the look, the style, the voice and the "Ringing Rickenbacker" 12-String Electric to pull it off; not to mention the ever-changing "Nest Of Byrds" he played & recorded with over the years: David Crosby, Gene Clark, Graham Parsons & Chris Hillman; Clarence White; etc. "All I Really Wanna Do" is listen to The Byrds Play Dylan" again! Grimmbo.


Formed: 1964 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Although they only attained the huge success of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and the Beach Boys for a short time in the mid-'60s, time has judged the Byrds to be nearly as influential as those groups in the long run. They were not solely responsible for devising folk-rock, but they were certainly more responsible than any other single act (Dylan included) for melding the innovations and energy of the British Invasion with the best lyrical and musical elements of contemporary folk music. The jangling,...
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